Ian Holloway is the early frontrunner to take over at Wigan in the wake of Owen Coyle’s shock departure from the DW Stadium.
The Latics lost on Sunday for the third time in a week and Coyle met owner Dave Whelan afterwards for crisis talks where it was decided to end the Scot’s brief reign. Despite possessing one of the Championship’s strongest squads, they are 14th with 22 points from 16 games.Mutual consent: Owen Coyle is no longer the Wigan manager after a disappointing start to the season
Firm favourite: Holloway is in the frame to take over Owen Coyle said: ‘It is with great sadness that we have made this decision and I would like to thank all my football staff and the staff at the club, who have been very supportive of me in my time here.
‘I am confident that with this set of players, the team can keep moving in the right direction.’ And Sportsmail understands the former Crystal Palace and Blackpool boss has expressed an interest in a return to management and is being considered by the Wigan owner.
Despite leading Palace to promotion, Holloway quit his Selhurst Park post in October after a difficult start to the season left him fearing he may not be able to keep them in the Barclays Premier League.
But he feels ready for a fresh challenge and is hoping for the chance to revive a Wigan promotion push that has stalled in recent weeks.
A 3-1 home defeat by Derby on Sunday, greeted by boos from home fans, proved Coyle’s undoing, as Whelan ended his brief reign within hours of the final whistle. Losing feeling: Wigan lost 3-1 at home to Derby at the weekend – their third defeat in a week
Martin Jol departed Fulham on the same day Dave Jones was sacked by Sheffield Wednesday
Managerial departures 2013-14
July 13 – Kevin MacDonald (Swindon)
September 9 – Greg Abbott (Carlisle)
September 22 – Paolo Di Canio (Sunderland)
September 28 – Nigel Clough (Derby)
October 11 – David Weir (Sheffield United)
October 13 – Martin Allen (Gillingham)
October 14 – Kevin Blackwell (Bury)
October 21 – Tony Mowbray (Middlesbrough)
October 23 – Ian Holloway (Crystal Palace)
October 27 – Chris Kiwomya (Notts County)
November 20 – Brian Laws (Scunthorpe)
November 25 – Guy Whittingham (Portsmouth)
November 27 – Richie Barker (Crawley)
November 28 – Sean O’Driscoll (Bristol City)
November 30 – David Flitcroft (Barnsley)
December 1 – Martin Jol (Fulham). Dave Jones (Sheffield Wednesday). Owen Coyle (Wigan).
Michael Appleton, who has been linked with the vacancies at Bristol City and Portsmouth, and David Weir, whose football philosophy will appeal to Whelan despite a difficult managerial baptism at Sheffield United, are also hoping to figure in the Wigan chairman’s thoughts.
Whelan had returned from Barbados and went to Sunday’s game where he witnessed the unrest among the crowd about the football being played.
First team coach and former manager Graham Barrow and assistant manager Sandy Stewart will take charge of the team for the visit to Leeds United on Wednesday night.
A statement from the club said: ‘The club wishes to place on record its thanks to Owen Coyle and to wish him the best in the future.’
Coyle became the third manager to lose his job on Sunday, after Martin Jol was sacked by Fulham and David Jones was sacked at Sheffield Wednesday.